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Marnie (1964)

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Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Winston Graham (from the novel by), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tippi Hedren ... Marnie Edgar (as 'Tippi' Hedren)
Martin Gabel ... Sidney Strutt
Sean Connery ... Mark Rutland
Louise Latham ... Bernice Edgar
Diane Baker ... Lil Mainwaring
Alan Napier ... Mr. Rutland
Bob Sweeney Bob Sweeney ... Cousin Bob
Milton Selzer ... Man at Track
Henry Beckman ... First Detective
Edith Evanson Edith Evanson ... Rita - Cleaning Woman
Mariette Hartley ... Susan Clabon
Bruce Dern ... Sailor
S. John Launer ... Sam Ward
Meg Wyllie ... Mrs. Turpin
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Storyline

Marnie Edgar is a habitual liar and a thief who gets jobs as a secretary and after a few months robs the firms in question, usually of several thousand dollars. When she gets a job at Rutland's, she also catches the eye of the handsome owner, Mark Rutland. He prevents her from stealing and running off, as is her usual pattern, but also forces her to marry him. Their honeymoon is a disaster and she cannot stand to have a man touch her, and on their return home, Mark has a private detective look into her past. When he has the details of what happened in her childhood to make her what she is, he arranges a confrontation with her mother realizing that reliving the terrible events that occurred in her childhood and bringing out those repressed memories is the only way to save her. Written by garykmcd

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From Alfred Hitchcock with sex and suspense. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie See more »

Filming Locations:

San Jose, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On Mark's (Sir Sean Connery's) attempts to cure Marnie (Tippi Hedren): "The film works with a simplistic and reductive Freudian scheme of revelation of trauma followed by instant catharsis and cure: a pattern familiar from many Hollywood films of the post war period. Marnie defends herself against Mark's controlling attempt: it brings under control the dangerously independent stance of both mother and daughter who articulate hatred of men, who despise sex, and want to live without men." (From E. Anne Kaplan: "Motherhood and Representation" in "Psychoanalysis and Cinema"; 1990.) See more »

Goofs

When Strutt is describing Marnie to the detectives at the beginning of the film, he says that her eyes are blue. Tippi Hedren's eyes are green or possibly hazel, but they are not blue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sidney Strutt: Robbed! Cleaned out! $9,967! Precisely as I told you over the telephone. And that girl did it. Marion Holland. That's the girl. Marion Holland.
First Detective: Can you describe her, Mr. Strutt?
Sidney Strutt: Certainly I can describe her: five feet five, 110 pounds, size 8 dress, blue eyes, black wavy hair, even features, good teeth.
[detectives unable to restrain laughter]
Sidney Strutt: Well what's so damn funny? There's been a grand larceny committed on these premises.
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Alternate Versions

Dialogue in the final scene reveals that Marnie's mother had given up her virginity at 15 to Marnie's father in exchange for a sweater. Just before the film's release the studio had second thoughts about this part, and Alfred Hitchcock agreed to cut the lines. But hundreds of prints had already been made, and rather than incur the cost of reprinting the final reel of each, the studio released them as they were, so there were two versions of the film from the outset. See more »

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"You're aching my leg, Marnie"
3 September 2004 | by BumpyRideSee all my reviews

Add me to the group of viewers who like this film. Yes, it is long and heavy on dialog, but visually stunning, and Bernard Herrmann's music is rich and vibrant. The best score he has ever composed.

For me, I have favorite scenes in the movie, for example the opening shot of a woman carrying a yellow purse. From there we go to her hotel room and watch as she transforms herself into another person. Old clothes get discarded in a train locker and the key gently kicked down a grate. All of this is done with no words, but wonderful camera angles, and accompanied by a great musical score.

The office scene where Marnie waits in the women's room before robbing the safe. You only hear the voices of her co-workers saying good night for the weekend. Again, this entire scene is done visually, only this time with a split screen showing Marnie and the cleaning lady simultaneously, as if we are watching a play. Only when the shoe falls from her coat pocket do we know that the cleaning woman is hard of hearing and the scene is now concluded.

There are several vignettes such as these that make the movie interesting. Yes, the riding scenes are fake looking, and I think it was just a case where Alfred just didn't quite keep up with technology. But when you think of Marnie, this is the last, true Alfred Hitchcock movie we will ever see. From then on, we never again see a grand production with high production values as we have here.

Yes it has flaws, and the acting may not be up to par at times, but there are worthwhile aspects that make this movie a classic in the Hitchcock canon.


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